Disease and Its Causes

1914 Journal of the American Medical Association  
opium is resorted to for the relief of pain and distress in the digestive tract-a teaching that is to be emphatically condemned. The danger of producing a habit seems to be entirely disregarded. Another interesting feature is the rather complete list of the proprietary specialties of a prominent English pharma¬ ceutical house and a similar one of a noted American manu¬ facturer. We do not mean that these are separate from the rest of the book; they are scattered throughout the work, appearing
more » ... nearly every page. The well-advertised Antikamnia, Antiphlogistine, Lactopeptin, Chionia, etc., are not neglected. The book is a genuine storehouse of nostrums, especially of the antidyspeptic variety. The author evidently was so fascinated with the claims of nostrum promoters that he could not keep them' out of his prescriptions. The book illustrates the disgraceful fact that British medical men are to a large extent under the domination of proprietary inter¬ ests. What is more discouraging, there seems to be no voice in the medical press raised against this abominable evil.
doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560300058040 fatcat:uqhoovujanai5jotafgturbooy